Human rights lawyer Femi Falana, SAN has called on the Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara to immediately drop the draft bill aiming to regulate and monitor the activities of all civil society organizations and labour unions in the country as the bill unequivocally threatens the very existence of a free and independent civil society in Nigeria.
The House of Representatives is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the bill in Abuja on 13 and 14 December, 2017. The HB585 bill is a bill for an act to provide for the establishment of non-governmental organisations regulatory commission for the supervision, coordination and monitoring of non-governmental organisations, civil society organisations, etc., in Nigeria and for related matters.
Falana said ahead of the public hearing that, “This is perhaps the worst piece of legislation…
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